Like shouting ‘freegal’ in a crowded public sphere

San Jose library stopped using this service because there wasn’t enough interest relative to their fee basis yet instructed it’s readers to try to get a Palo Alto library card and use our Freegal!

I wonder how this works out in terms of paying royalties to song-writers and performers.

Also, Monica De Conge seems to not have a sense of the distinction between a library being a public sector service and the free market or a store; she seems to want to use public sphere as a showcase for particular brands and corporations.

Others have panned Freegal, if you do the search.

It would take me several lifetimes to actually listen to all the music we have on cd at the library; I as a habit grab something on impulse and give it a spin. (Still haven’t downloaded anything on my laptop, although I did sell off to last man standing brick and mortar about 1,000 cd’s and a smaller group donated to Palo Alto Friends of Library.).

My first reaction to this is: too good to be true. Maybe I will try it.

Read David Lowery, whose bandmate in college dated Gunn grad Debby Solomon, on the way the digital word cheats the artists and performers; the system is still working out the kinks. And oh yeah the former Napster CEO is in Palo Alto getting indigents to sweep the streets for scrip.


Here is link to David Lowery famous article: different service but I think we will find the same thing holds, that these services do not actually compensate artists properly.

Web Link

My Song Got Played On Pandora 1 Million times And All I Got Was $16.89 less than what I make from a single t-shirt sale.

For comparison, songwriters get 9 cents per copy when you buy a recording or his or her song. The record labels initially tried to consider downloads a sale per se but artists sued to have it thought of as a license per se, which meant the difference, for them, of getting 5 percent additional royalties versus 50 percent.

It will probably take another 20 years to figure what is fair to the artists and composers, for the disruption of music to settle.

Meanwhile, enjoy their music.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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